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The Hypocrisy of the Media Whitewash of Islamic Blasphemy Charges

At the Washington Post, Qasim Rashid fails to explain why if death for apostasy is a perversion of Islam’s teachings there are so many perverts.

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Robert Spencer

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February 9, 2014 - 10:00 am
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Qasim Rashid

Editor’s Note: This is Part IX of an ongoing series by Robert Spencer highlighting human rights hypocrisy and fraudulent peace activists. For Part I see “The Hypocrisy of the ‘Islamophobia’ Scam,” for Part II see “The Hypocrisy of the Fatwa Against Terrorism,”  for Part III see “The Hypocrisy of the Feminist Response to Islam’s Oppression of Women,” for Part IV see “The Hypocrisy of the Western Christian Response to Muslim Persecution of Christians,” for Part V “The Hypocrisy of the Leftist Response to Ariel Sharon’s Death,” for Part VI see  “The Hypocrisy of Ibrahim Hooper and CAIR’s ‘Islamophobic List,’” for Part VII see “The Hypocrisy of the Huffington Post’s Praise of Muhammad,” and for Part VIII see last week’s “The Hypocrisy of the Left’s Commitment to ‘Peacemaking’”

The Washington Post last week published a Religion News Service commentary: “Blasphemy charges pervert Islam’s teachings,” by Qasim Rashid. At first glance this looks like RNS and the WaPo giving space to a thoughtful moderate Muslim speaking up sensibly for the freedom of conscience. Unfortunately, although not surprisingly, that is not exactly what this is. Instead of being devoted to genuine Islamic reform, Qasim Rashid’s work is largely devoted to whitewashing atrocities committed in the name of Islam and justified by Islamic texts and teachings.

Qasim Rashid has misrepresented the Islamic justifications for jihad violence and publicly objected to a piece calling upon peaceful Muslims to fight actively against jihad terrorists. He has misrepresented the Qur’an’s sanction of deception of unbelievers; misrepresented the presence of violent passages in the Qur’an; misrepresented the Qur’an’s sanction of beating disobedient women; misrepresented the nature of Sharia; and called for limitations on the freedom of speech and expression to outlaw behavior and speech some Muslims may find offensive.

Also, as I wrote last week, for Leftists like Qasim Rashid, “people deemed ‘right-wing’ are unworthy of respect, and unworthy even of basic courtesy.” It constantly amazes me how slavering with hatred and frenzied contempt are the self-appointed exponents of “tolerance” and “love for all, hatred for none” when they are confronted with those whom they regularly smear with charges of “hatred” and “bigotry.” For all his pious posturing as an observant Ahmadi Muslim, Rashid is not only chronically dishonest, but is also a spectacularly unpleasant, nasty, rude, arrogant human being.

In the Washington Post piece he lies about the basis that laws calling for the imprisonment and/or execution of blasphemers have within the Qur’an and Sunnah. Here is the difference between actual reform and hypocritical deception: a sincere reformer will confront and refute the arguments that support the doctrine he is trying to reform; a deceiver will ignore those arguments, not mention the scriptural passages or other teachings that support the doctrine in question, and pretend that the doctrine doesn’t exist at all.

That’s what Qasim Rashid does here. He assembles a case for why “blasphemy charges pervert Islam’s teachings” without ever mentioning the Islamic foundations for blasphemy laws, thereby leaving a massive gaping hole in his own case by leaving unanswered this question: if “blasphemy charges pervert Islam’s teachings,” why are there so many perverts? If the Qur’an and  Muhammad taught the freedom of conscience so clearly, why do so many Muslims misunderstand what they say, including the Islamic governments of Pakistan, Iran, Saudi Arabia and elsewhere?

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If Mohammed advocated freedom of conscience and speech why have all 57 Islamic nations asked the U.N. Human Right Commission to pass blasphemy laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation_of_religion_and_the_United_Nations

Ironically, Islam itself blasphemes Christ claiming that He is not God but a mere prophet (of Islam yet).
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Consider the obvious: Maybe
The Saudis have surreptitiously bought
Controlling interest in Major media, newspapers,
Cable news, educational institutions, etc. Question: Shouldn't Congress
Be investigating? They're destroying America
From within. If you think that's crazy wait a couple
Years when your grade school kids are being given
Mandatory Islamic education. Wake up America.
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Believing Is Seeing

“There are none so blind as those who will not see.” - John Heywood (1546)

Mohammedanism a religion of peace? Read the Koran.

“Make war on them until idolatry shall cease and God’s religion shall reign supreme.” - The Recital (The Koran), The Spoils 8:36

“Say to the infidels: ‘Do whatever lies within your power, and so shall we. Wait if you will; we too are waiting.’” - The Koran, Hūd 11:113

Mohammedanism no threat to Christianity and Western civilization? Consider some words from the recent past.

"Wherever the Mohammedans have had complete sway, wherever the Christians have been unable to resist them by the sword, Christianity has ultimately disappeared." - President Theodore Roosevelt

What to do? Consider some words from the distant past.

“Sharp wounds cleanse away evil;
So do stripes that reach the inward parts.” - The Hebrew Bible, Proverbs 20:30

www.inescapableconsequences.com
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Don't burn books, burn book-burners.
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Why should the Creator of the heavens and the earth need a law against blasphemy? When a state passes such a law, it is saying, "Poor helpless God. He needs us to enact a law to keep His feelings from being hurt.
Nothing is more blasphemous than a law against blasphemy.
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Well said. Killing or punishing people for insulting a deity only shows how little the person providing the punishment thinks of their deity.
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If Mohammed advocated freedom of conscience and speech why have all 57 Islamic nations asked the U.N. Human Right Commission to pass blasphemy laws.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Defamation_of_religion_and_the_United_Nations

Ironically, Islam itself blasphemes Christ claiming that He is not God but a mere prophet (of Islam yet).
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Cream of Taqiyya': The Breakfast cereal Lefto-
Media Dhimmi-Idiots like best. Yum !


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Heavens they're tasty and expeditious!
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